Denton County Real Estate Information

One of the counties containing many of the Dallas/Fort Worth area suburban communities, Denton County, Texas, is also one of the many fast-growing areas in the state. At the 2000 census, the county was home to a population of just over 430,000; a 2007 estimate put the figure to have reached more than 610,000, an increase in population of more than 41 percent. Because of this rapid growth, there are many new and ongoing real estate developments throughout the county, as well as renovations of older properties. The city of Denton is the county seat, and both the county and city are named after John Denton, a lawyer, preacher and soldier who once resided here.

The county encompasses nearly 960 square miles, including almost 70 square miles of water. Of the county's population, more than 85 percent of residents live in an urban setting, while less than 15 percent are situated in a more rural area. The county own more than 100,000 residential properties, and there are more than 55,000 apartments occupied by renters, accounting for the housing choice for just over a third of the county's population. The median rent for an apartment in 2007 was just over $700, while that year's estimates put the median house or condo value at more than $179,000, up by more than $50,000 since the 2000 census.

There are eight public schools districts that operate entirely within the confines of Denton County, while nine more districts operate partially here and partially in neighboring counties. There are three major colleges in the county: the University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University and North Central Texas College.

The county is home to three sizable museums, Bayless-Selby House Museum, the African American Museum and the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum. There are three lakes in the county and several large parks, including Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Big Sandy Park, Fish Trap Park and Narrow Lake Park.